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Boyce, (Nora Elisabeth) Mary (1920–2006), scholar of Zoroastrianism, was born on 2 August 1920 in Darjeeling, India, where her parents were resting. Her father, William H. Boyce, was a judge in the Calcutta high court. Her mother, Nora, née Gardiner, was a granddaughter of the historian ...

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(Harry) Verrier Holman Elwin (1902–1964) by unknown photographer, 1926 by kind permission of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

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Elwin, (Harry) Verrier Holman (1902–1964), missionary and anthropologist, was born on 29 August 1902 at Pemole House, Castle Avenue, Dover, the eldest of the three children of Edmund Henry Elwin (1871–1909), bishop of Sierra Leone, and Minnie Ornsby, daughter of William Laban Holman...

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Fison, Lorimer (1832–1907), missionary and anthropologist, was born on 9 November 1832, the fourteenth son of Thomas Fison (1790–1846), miller and maltster, and Mary Matthew, daughter of John Gostling of Cotton [see Fison family]. After education at Sheffield he matriculated as a pensioner from ...

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Hügel, Anatole Andreas Aloys von, Baron von Hügel in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1854–1928), ethnologist and promoter of the admission of Roman Catholics to Cambridge University, was born in Florence on 29 September 1854, the second of three sons of ...

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James, Edwin Oliver (1888–1972), historian of religions and anthropologist, was born at 53 Kelly Street, Kentish Town, London, on 30 March 1888, the only child of William James, a retired draper, and his wife, Sophia Mary, née Bowtell. He was educated at University College School, London...

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Lord, Henry (b. 1563), clergyman and ethnographer, was born in Oxfordshire; his parents' names are unknown. He matriculated from Magdalen Hall, Oxford, on 15 April 1580, but seems to have left without a degree. In January 1624 the East India Company appointed him chaplain to the company factory at ...

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Smith, Edwin William (1876–1957), missionary and anthropologist, was born on 7 September 1876 in Aliwal North, Cape Colony, where his father, the Revd John Smith (later president of the Primitive Methodist church), was serving as a missionary. He was one of five brothers and two sisters. He completed his education at ...

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Thomas, John (1797–1881), Wesleyan missionary and Tongan scholar, was born at Lower Clent, near Stourbridge, Worcestershire, on 7 November 1797, the second child and eldest son in the large family of William Thomas, blacksmith, and his wife, Hannah, née Hyde. His parents were devout members of the ...